It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out. Letters from a senior devil (Screwtape) to a junior devil (Wormwood)

Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him from the Church. Don’t waste time trying to make him think that materialism is TRUE! Make him think it is strong, or stark, or courageous – that is the philosophy of the future. Letters from a senior devil (Screwtape) to a junior devil (Wormwood)

It sounds as if you supposed that ARGUMENT was the way to keep him out of the Enemy’s clutches. That might have been so if he had lived a few centuries earlier. At that time the humans still knew pretty well when a thing was proved and when it was not; and if proved they […]

Consider too what undesirable deaths occur in wartime. Men are killed in place where they knew they might be killed … One of our best weapons, contented worldliness, is rendered useless. In wartime not even a human can believe he is going to live forever. Letters from a senior devil (Screwtape) to a junior devil […]

How much better for us if ALL humans died in costly nursing homes amid doctors who lie, nurses who lie, friends who lie, … promising life to the dying, encouraging the idea that sickness excuses every indulgence … and even withholding all suggestion of a priest lest it should betray to the sick man his […]

Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to [the person] than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours – and the more “religious” the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty cageful down here Letters from a senior devil (Screwtape) to a junior devil (Wormwood)

Our cause is never in more danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys Letters from a senior devil (Screwtape) to a […]